Want to be a lighthouse keeper?

24 06 2008

Saw this come across a sailing list I’m on. Scituate Lighthouse is looking for a new keeper…

“A lot of people have a romantic notion of living in a lighthouse,” said historical society president David Ball. “There are responsibilities that go with it. There’s a lot more to it than people think. It takes a special person, no doubt about it.”

For the past 22 years, that special person has been Ruth Downton. Since 1986 she has lived in the keeper’s cottage at the picturesque, 198-year-old lighthouse that marks the entrance of Scituate Harbor. But Downton is set to retire this fall.

I know for me, being a lighthouse keeper definitely had that romantic edge of being on your own, doing a job that others depend on, isolated but there for the ships and travelers that pass nearby. I suppose nowadays I’d need to have a net connection…

See the entire article on Boston.com.

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2 responses

25 06 2008
sah

This really surprises me, mostly because of posts like this
, and your new community, which could hardly have you living any closer to your neighbors. I always thought you really really liked being around people?!

25 06 2008
dbs

It is a conundrum. I am an introvert who needs people around me. Yes, it’s confusing, welcome to me.

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